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April/May, 2014 Edition
Welcome to the Tri-County Fly Fishers Website.  This Club is made up of about seventy Members from rank beginners to those with 50+ years of fly fishing and tying experience.  Fishing interests range from bluegills and bass to redfish and tarpon, with an occasional rainbow or brown trout from up north thrown in.  Membership is drawn from permanent and seasonal residents of those in and around the Florida counties of Lake, Marion and Sumter.
President's Message
Welcome and thanks to all members, new and old, who have chosen to be part of the Tri-County Fly Fishers Club. Participation is the key to making this Club successful and I appreciate those of you who get involved and volunteer for our many Club events and programs. There is lot's happening in the next couple of months, so please, I urge you to get involved if you aren't already. Our membership chair, Jim Bellinghieri, is busy contacting those of you wishing to renew your membership but have not yet done so. As I mentioned at our last meeting, your 2014 Club membership dues were due by the end of March. Those of who have not renewed for 2014, unfortunately, will be dropped from the Club roster. Having a clean membership roster is necessary in order to become an affiliated Club with the IFFF. (More on this to come)

What's happening?...
The Club is still looking for a Program Coordinator(s). If you are interested please get in touch with me. Also, if you have any speaker or program ideas, please let any board member know so we may contact them and secure a date.
At our March evening meeting, Maryann Krisovitch, Education Contractor for the Lake County Water Authority, provided Water Resource Jeopardy, a fun and entertaining interactive program regarding our state water resources. I'll call the game between the “Quack-Quacks” and the “Buzzers” a draw.

The Club also participated in The Villages Expo at the La Hacienda Recreation Center at the end of March. Several hundred visitors stopped by our booth over the weekend to view our slide show and fly tying demonstrations as well as try their hand at fly casting on the lake. I want to thank all of the club members who volunteered to make the event a success.

I spoke with Tom Gadacz, International Federation of Fly Fishers, Florida Council President, and IFFF Chairman & President, Phil Greelee about the possibility of TCFF renewing our Affiliated Club membership with the IFFF once again. If our Club members approve the reinstatement, I would like to see us work towards becoming an IFFF Chartered Club member eventually. I will outline the necessary steps for us to follow at the April breakfast meeting.

The Dads for Boys International program at Lake Yale in Umatilla will take place on Saturday, April 19. We will have fly casters and fly tiers to teach these skills to the youngsters. Signup sheets will be available at the April breakfast meeting. For more information, contact Davey Ferris.

I was contacted by the Florida Sportsman chapter of Quail Forever. The group is putting on a very large fishing and shooting day for the children on April 26th at the FWC Richloam Fish Hatchery in Webster. There should be 400 to 600 children there to fish and learn about the outdoors. The event name is “No Child Left Indoors”. I feel this is an event the Club should get involved in with fly tying and casting demonstrations for the kids. I'll have signup sheets and more information on this at the April breakfast meeting.

Our April evening meeting will feature Andrei Stroman, Pro Staff member from Kayak Charters, Cape Coral. He will speak about kayak fishing in SW Florida and also tie a couple of his killer fly patterns.

Our revised and updated TCFF brochures were ordered, printed and made available to the public at The Villages Expo.

Custom Apparel in The Villages now has our TCFF logo on file. For $12, they will embroider our logo on any shirt or hat you bring into them. Simply tell them you are with TCFF, drop off your shirt or hat and they will take it from there. The turnaround time is approximately 6 days. Their address is:
3451 Wedgewood Lane (off SR-466)
The Villages, Florida 32162
(P) 352-750-1600

Tom has some awesome day trips lined up in April with a freshwater trip to the St. John's River in Astor, FL for trophy bass and Crystal River for more saltwater action. Future trips will include Cherokee, NC in May and the Sebastian Inlet in June. For information and dates for any of the upcoming presentations, events or Club trips, please see our website calendar page.

Project Healing Waters update…
I am excited and pleased to report that we have been given the “green light” to proceed with the PHWFF program at The Villages VA Outpatient Clinic on Hwy 42. As of this writing, I am in the process of setting up a meeting with the Administrative Officer to work out the logistics of the program. I'm hoping to have this completed by the April 2 breakfast meeting. Also, we have been given a $2500 budget for program materials (rods, reels, fly tying vices, tying materials, travel, etc.). The order was placed by PHWFF and is on its way to us. On May 17 th , there will be an Honor Veterans Outing in Bradenton, FL in which I hope that we will be able to participate in with a couple of our veterans from our program. PHWFF needs volunteer boat owners for this event. If you are interested, please let me know. To read about last years outing, go to this website.

For more information on PHWFF, please give me a call or if you are not familiar with this organization, please check out their website at

Fly talk…
The “Brooks Blonde” fly turns 75 years old this year. Originally tied in 1939 by fishing legend Joe Brooks for striped bass in Chesapeake Bay, the Brooks Blonde has been used in nearly every saltwater and freshwater fishery and has been responsible for over two dozen world record catches. Even more importantly, this fly is the basis of some of our more important and well-known flies; the Deceiver, the Clouser, and the Surf Candy to name a few. The Blonde is actually a series of flies, but the most well-known is the “Platinum Blonde”. The beauty of this pattern is that it can be tied quickly and in any color combination to match the bait fish in our area. Tie some up and give them a try…you won't be disappointed!

Platinum Blonde Recipe:
Hook – Mustad 34007 (saltwater) or 36890 (freshwater), sizes 2-3/0
Thread – Danville Flat Waxed Flymaster 210 Denier
Tail – White Bucktail
Body – Medium Flat Tinsel or Silver Sparkle Braid
Rib - Medium Silver Oval Tinsel
Wing – White Bucktail
Cement - Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails

In the meantime...go fish! -- Larry Nazzaro

Fishing the Dock Lights
By Bob Murray
Here's the kind of fish we catch down here in Stuart. The snook is only fair-sized, but how about that big trout! I went Dock Light fishing the other night on a guy's flats skiff. It sure is a challenging and fun way to fish. You have to be real quiet and not talk or make any noise on the boat or you'll spook them. It's like hunting. You can see the fish under the docks as you approach. They look like big shadows. Some of the shadows under there are real big. When they hit your fly, you have to strip fast and put a lot of pressure on them to keep them from cutting you off on the barnacles on the dock pilings. They take off like a freight train, so it's quite a battle for the first 30 seconds or so to get them out from under the dock into open water. Sometimes you win the battle, sometimes you don't. Also, it's quite different fly casting in the dark when you can't see your line and your depth perception is not as good as in the daytime either. If you hook the dock, you just break off your fly rather than go in to retrieve it and put the fish down in the process. One of the guys on the boat likes to do Dock Light Fishing from his kayak. He said that he's caught some really big ones that way. He said that sometimes he even has to paddle under the dock to fight the fish. He calls it Combat Fishing. The next time you come down, you really should try this style of fishing.
Cherokee Rainbow Trout
By Howard Eighmey
My trip to Cherokee was the 2nd week of October. I had the pleasure of fishing with Alex Bell, co-author of "The Western North Carolina Fishing Trail", which features fifteen of the best trout waters in the Great Smoky Mountains. We fished the stream in front of the new high school. The weather was perfect low to mid 70's both days Wednesday and Thursday. I know for sure I caught and released no less than 14 trout with the largest being a 24-1/2" rainbow. My 4wt Helios had a real workout. I fish soft-hackled nymphs, Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle, Brassie Flymp. Partridge and Orange, Honey Dun flymph, Blue Dun flymp. I also fished my special nymph pattern which I gave to Dr. Bob along with my favorite dry fly, the ginger gnat and black gnat size 18-22.
St. Johns River Striper
As the month of February turned into the first week of March, TCFF members Doug Dombek, Davey Ferris, Chris Lyndrup, Don Jackson, Gary Christie and Mike Benrud loaded up their kayaks and headed east from the Villages to CCS Lee Park near Sanford, Florida. Each fisherman was hoping to catch a few of the shad fish that were swimming upstream. Some of the flies that were used were the Crazy Charlies, green and white flies, and red and white flies similar to a clauser fly. Frank Matousek's 56er is a killer fly for shad, bass, and pan fish. Don Jackson caught a large striped bass. Dombek and Christie caught the most shad. Everyone had a great time.
Hilochee Black Bass
On Saturday, March 1, TCFF President Larry Nazzaro and Club Member Lou Thomas kayak fished the Hilochee Wildlife Management Area in Clermont. Fishing was slow for a couple of hours in the early morning but turned on once the water warmed. While the Florida black bass (Micropterus salmoides) eluded Lou, he did manage to catch a very nice copperhead bluegill on an olive Woolley Bugger. Larry was able to catch and land three bass along with a copperhead, all top-water with his “go to” fly, a brown Gurgler.
"Only an extraordinary person would purposely risk being outsmarted by a creature
often less than
twelve inches long,
over and over again."
~ Janna Bialek

Breakfast Meeting Minutes
March 5, 2014 -- Pembroke Grill. Meeting called to order by President Larry Nazzaro at 9:00. Thirty-four members and guests present

Secretary's report read and approved as read by Secretary Joe Manjoine.

Membership report given by new appointed membership Chairman Jim Bellinghieri. He reminded everyone that membership dues are due and payable by this month's end and should be paid on a timely basis to remain on the active club rooster.

Treasurer's report given by Treasurer Chris Lyndrup. Check book balance $4499.87 as of February 28, 2014 -- report approved as read.

Upcoming programs and activities:
>> The March 19th Evening Meeting speaker from the FDW will be talking about water resource management.
>> April Evening Meeting program to feature a speaker talking about Kayak Fishing in SW Florida.
>> Village Outdoor Expo – March 29th and 30th. We need tyers and caster so please sign up to help if you can.
>> May Program to feature a speaker on Tarpon fishing in the Gulf.
>> June program still open.
>> July program to feature fly tying demo's and hands on opportunity along with a presentation of the “Paddle Florida Experience”.

Any and all suggestions for programs are welcome……….see Larry or any board member.

Davey Ferris reported on the “Fly Swap/Raffle”. He also talked about the upcoming event on the Dads for Boys event to be held April 19th at Lake Yale just outside Umatilla. The sign up sheet was available -- please participate in this very worthwhile project.

Tom Green reported on the upcoming fresh and salt water fishing trips:
>> Tuesday, March11th, fresh water trip set for John's Lake off Hwy 50 in Clermont.
>> The Belize trip is coming up March 15th -- good luck to all participating.
>> March 25th saltwater trip – Homosassa River.

The next overnighter is to be the Sebastian Inlet area -- Cap't Hirams resort. A block of
ten rooms for 95.00/night or five rooms at 111.00/night. The event scheduled for June 10 and 11.

Larry Nazzaro gave and update on Project Healing Waters. Application has been submitted to the VA and accepted.

Ed Rapisardi brought up the club's interest in rejoining the Federation of Fly Fishers -- the matter is pending and to be discussed.

Treasurer Chairman Chris Lyndrup mentioned he would be available after the meeting to accept dues.

A nice acknowledgement was given to Doug Dombek for his many years of service to the Club -- job well done and appreciated by all

Larry again touched on the possibility of a club fund raiser in the fall asking for someone to chair the event and looking for ideas for:
>> Planning
>> What to do with Proceeds
>> Timing

Also mentioned that Larry updated the club brochure and could have them printed for $140.00 for 250. It was motioned and seconded to proceed.

A possible TCFF vinyl decal was discussed and tabled

Bob Strunc said he had the club patches available to purchase if interested.

50/50 drawing was held and a fly set raffled off.

Meeting adjourned 9:50 AM

Report submitted by Secretary Joe Manjoine
The Club welcomes any questions, comments, complaints, ideas, whatever -- just contact us at
--------- Fishin' Buddy Program ---------
Based on a program set up by the Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers to encourage its boat owners to go fly fishing with those who do not have access to boats, the TCFF is modifying its Fishin’ Buddy Program to be less restrictive as to when and where Members fish.

The Boat Owners signing up will be acknowledged at the Breakfast and Evening meetings and on the TCFF Website. It will be up to the Club Member wanting to fish to contact the Boat Owner, compare fishing styles, etc., and, by mutual agreement, whether or not to fish.
(As always, it is appropriate to share expenses.)
Boat Owner Gary Christie
Days available for fishing: Monday and Friday
15' bass boat
Areas Fished:  Local Lakes
Boat Owner Bill Kirchner Days available for fishing: Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday
16.5 ft Fisher
Areas Fished:  Harris Chain of Lakes
Boat Owner Bob Strunc Days available for fishing: Tuesday and Friday
Grumman 17' bass boat w/50 HP
Areas Fished:  Lake Harris
For information or to sign-up as a Boat Owner wanting to participate
in this program, contact Frank Matousek.


--------- Fly Fishing With Tom ---------
Monthly Club Fly Fishing Trips

For information, to sign-up for trips or to suggest possible fly fishing venues, contact Trips Chairman Tom Green at 321-229-2924 or .
Fresh Water -- April 8th (Tuesday)
St. Johns River/Astor. Meet at the ramp 8:00am.
Saltwater -- April 22nd (Tuesday)
King's Bay. Meet at the ramp 8:00am. Boats and kayaks.
Kayaks launch north of SR 44 on us 19 across from Crystal River City Hall. Power boats launch at county ramp on Fort Island Rd.
Fresh Water -- May 13th (Tuesday)
Bass and Bagels -- Bonita Pond/The Villages. Coffee, doughnuts and bagels provided by the TCFF.
Saltwater -- May 27th (Tuesday)
Ozello. Meet at the ramp at 8:00am. Bring your own lunch.
Near Term Calendar (For long term calendar with full details, Click Here.)
(Special events are in Blue)
  • April 2nd (Wednesday) -- Monthly Breakfast Meeting. The Pembrook Grill of Pembrook Fairways, Leesburg.
  • April 8th (Tuesday) -- Club Fresh Water Fishing Trip. St. Johns River/Astor.
  • April 16th (Wednesday) -- Wednesday Evening Meeting. Wildwood Community Center. 7:00pm. Andrei Stroman, Pro Staff member from Kayak Charters, Cape Coral will speak about kayak fishing in SW Florida and also tie a couple of his killer fly patterns.
  • April 19th (Saturday) -- Dads For Boys, International. Umatilla/Lake Yale. Will need fly casters and fly tyers to teach these skills to youngsters. For information or to sign up, contact Dave Ferris.
  • April 22nd (Tuesday) -- Club Saltwater Fishing Trip. Crystal River. Meet at the ramp 8:00am. Boats and kayaks. For information or to sign up, contact Tom Green.
  • April 26th (Saturday) -- No Child Left Indoors. Florida Wildlife Commission Richloam Fish Hatchery in Webster. Need volunteers to demonstrate fly casting and tying to children.
  • May 7th (Wednesday) -- Monthly Breakfast Meeting. The Pembrook Grill of Pembrook Fairways, Leesburg.
  • May 13th (Tuesday) -- Club Fresh Water Fishing Trip. Bass and Bagels -- Bonita Pond/The Villages. Coffee, doughnuts and bagels provided by the TCFF.
  • May 17th-24th -- North Carolina Club Trip. Cherokee.
  • May 21st (Wednesday) -- Wednesday Evening Meeting. Wildwood Community Center. 7:00pm. (See Directions at bottom of page.) Captain Ethan Kiburz to speak about fishing for Gulf tarpon. He is the owner of Tampa Bay Native Fishing Charters and is a Tampa Bay native who was born and raised in Safety Harbor. He is a part-time guide and has a full-time job managing the fly fishing department at Flint Creek Outfitters. He specializes in sight-fishing for tarpon, redfish, snook and sea trout, either with fly or artificial lures.
  • May 27th(Tuesday) -- Club Saltwater Fishing Trip. Ozello. Meet at the ramp at 8:00. Bring your own lunch.
  • May 31st (Saturday) -- Florida Outdoor Youth Experience. Ocala Youth Camp.
  • June 4th (Wednesday) -- Monthly Breakfast Meeting. The Pembrook Grill of Pembrook Fairways, Leesburg.
  • June 10th and 11th (Tuesday and Wednesday) -- Sebastian Saltwater Trip -- Fish the Indian River and Sebastian Inlet.
  • June 12th (Thursday) -- Club Fresh Water Fishing Trip. Location to be determined.
  • June 18th (Wednesday) -- Wednesday Evening Meeting. Wildwood Community Center. 7:00pm. Fly Tying Extravaganza.
  • Week of June 23rd -- Club Saltwater Fishing Trip. Date and location to be determined.

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